Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn

5825 Jefferson Street , Burlington, KY 41005 USA (Show map)

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Experience historic charm and relaxed country living at this award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Choose between two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings furnished with appropriate antiques and reproductions. Attention to detail and luxurious touches include whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, fireplaces, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforters, top quality mattresses, fresh baked cookies, and complimentary beverages. Guests may also enjoy in-room massage, wireless Internet, cable TV and DVD player, and a comprehensive movie collection. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily at individual tables.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

1830s Charm with Modern Amenities

4.4 on May 07, 2018

Elegant. Formal. Well-manicured historic property inside and out. Gourmet breakfasts with plenty of choices. Many thoughtful room touches like a reading light for the bed, a writing desk, wing chair, compact room refrigerator/freezer, luxury linens and bath toiletries, sky light in my bathroom. Since the house is an historic property, outside areas have been built to provide spaces to relax and socialize, including a covered porch, fire pit with seating, and a separate building with serving counter and games. You will be in the lap of luxury here. One caveat: The stairs leading to rooms in the main house are narrow and steep, making those rooms unsuitable for persons with significant mobility issues. A separate cabin with wider and fewer stairs is available out back. Please check with the owner Jennifer if you have mobility issues.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind and detailed review! Those steps are narrow, and steep..... keeps us on our toes here!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Relaxation at its finest!

5 on April 25, 2018

Every aspect of our stay at Willis Graves was wonderful. The room was gorgeous, the food was phenomenal and the innkeeper was very friendly. And its conveniently located close to downtown Cincinnati. We highly recommend this B&B!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your thoughtful review! We hope to see you again some day soon!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Soccer tournament for grandson

5 on April 25, 2018

Even though I had to change my plans at the last minute, Jennifer was so accommodating. As it turned out I got switched to the Graves Suite. How about that? It is roomy, comfortable furnishings, and a room I want to come back to soon. The breakfast is fabulous and the nighttime treats, WOW. Jennifer I love what you have done with the place. Can't wait to return.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much! We love happy guests, especially ones that have been coming for years! See you soon......

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Beautiful

4.6 on April 19, 2018

Loved the cleanliness, breakfast, and antique decor....We had a nice stay!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate you choosing to stay with us!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Amazing B & B in Burlington!

5 on April 15, 2018

My husband and I escaped the snow of WI over Easter to take on warmer weather in KY! With a disc golf course as a destination goal, Willis Graves was close and looked interesting. Little did we know, that Willis Graves B & B will now become a vacation destination in the future! We stayed for 3 nights and were treated to hospitality and breakfast like none other! Our host provided an experience that will be tough to repeat anywhere else. Thank you so much for your gluten free options and the amazing loaf of banana bread that you sent along with us for our return trip home. Bourbon balls, muffins, cookies and even a rec room in the evening in which to play games was "over and above" anything we imagined! Lyle and Christie Timm (Franklin, WI)

Innkeeper Response
Thank you! You brought a smile to my face, thinking back to having the 2 of you here. We enjoyed your company and cant wait to see you again..... your officially family now.

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Amazing B& B

5 on April 11, 2018

I highly recommend the Willis Graves B&B. The room is awesome and the hostess is wonderful. She makes an amazing breakfast. Burlington is a fun town to explore.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. Its a pleasure serving all of our guests.

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Southern Hospitality at its Best

5 on April 09, 2018

The Willis Grave’s Bed and Breakfast Inn has all of the grace and charm that one associates with Southern hospitality. Attention is paid to every detail from the fresh baked cookies welcoming you as you begin your stay to the inviting decor that embodies the history of the Northern Kentucky region. The innkeeper, Jennifer, and her staff provide such a warm and friendly atmosphere. This Bed and Breakfast even provides several nice outdoor settings to enjoy the lovely landscape as well as a gathering room to visit with guests and relax if the weather outdoors is not to your liking. You almost feel as if you are visiting family. The delicious gourmet breakfast offers a wide variety of menu items to fit the needs and tastes of all of the guests. We have stayed in many Bed and Breakfasts throughout the years and Willis Graves is at the top of our list as far as favorites. The Stevens Family

Innkeeper Response
Thank you Ron and Jo for your kind words. You guys are awesome! We hope to see you again sometime. I think I owe you a recipe? In a few months all the recipes will be on the website!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Weekday getaway

3.6 on April 01, 2018

Great time! Only negative comment is that the stairway to bedrooms ,upper level, is VERY steep. I would not recommend upstairs stay for that reason.

Innkeeper Response
I'm so sorry to read your review. And you are right, this old house has very steep steps. We try to let everyone know ahead of time, I guess we missed it with you. We typically get 5 stars, so as you can imagine, this is very disappointing to us. Please let us know if there is some way to make it up to you. Most sincerely

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Weekend Getaway

4.6 on March 23, 2018

Decided to try something new this time and we were very impressed! I love the new owners and they provided excellent hospitality. Would love to return someday! Recommend to people of all ages (I'm 22)

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your nice review! We love having new young guests that enjoy the BNB experience! Hope to see you soon.

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


Anniversary weekend

5 on March 22, 2018

We stayed at Willis Graves B&B. One of the best stay we had...ever. The food was phenomenal, couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay. We went to visit the Ark Encounter

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind words!

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)


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Rooms & Rates

03 Mr. and Mrs. Graves' Suite

Private entrance with living room, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Queen size bed, double whirlpool bath, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Air mattress for extra guests (additional charge).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

01 Catharine's Room

Our coziest room. Features include full size bed, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen cable TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with whirlpool tub/shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

02 Thomas' Room

Our larger room. Features include four-poster queen size bed, lounging chair, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with large showerhead, oversized single whirlpool tub, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

04 William Rouse Log Cabin Retreat, Second Floor

Second floor bedroom with king size ball bed, desk, couch, TV/DVD/CD player, high speed wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool tub, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

05 William Rouse Log Cabin 1st Floor

1st floor bedroom, King size extra long bed, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Private deck, refrigerator, and microwave.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location

Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Small town

Airport

Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 9 miles

Directions to property:

Our exit number from I-75/I-71 is #181. If traveling south on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #182 and is called Turfway. If traveling north on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #180 and is called Union. - Exit 181 - Take KY 18 West to center of Burlington. - Turn right on Jefferson Street (Route 338). - Follow to Willis Graves, at the 2nd bend in road on the left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Our website has a full listing of area attractions for you to enjoy during your next visit to Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn., Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Movie library, Parking , down comforters, triple sheeting, fresh-baked homemade cookies plated on your pillow each afternoon, complimentary bottled water and sodas available in the dining room mini-frig, both buildings have a covered porch for sitting outside

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Fairgrounds, Fair, Horse Shows, Car Shows, Antique Show (at Fairgrounds), Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Contact Innkeeper
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Please check our website for current policies and cancellation terms.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Jennifer Goodman

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dog-Innkeeper's Quarters Only

About the innkeepers

Ultimately, the dream of owning “something" was always in the back of my mind as. While doing an Internet search of bed and breakfast properties, I found Willis Graves was up for sale. I knew I had to visit. I had a wonderful stay last November and decided that this felt like home. Everything has come full circle. Stay up-to-date on my journey with this beautiful property via my blog http://willisgraves.blogspot.com/ I’ll share my family, food, and stories about my experiences running the Inn.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full Gourmet Breakfast (Continental by request)

  • Time Served: 7:00 - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian We have a wide and varied menu and do our best to accommodate your dietary requests. Guests may choose from signature entrees such as crème brûlée or orange marmalade French toast, breakfast pie, lemon waffles with blackberries, baked eggs and mushrooms in ham crisps, or our popular gingerbread pancakes.


Signature Dish

French Toast: Crème Brûlée or Orange Marmalade
We offer two types of breakfast fare to meet guest needs: either a quick continental breakfast for those in a hurry or a full gourmet breakfast served at individual tables with fine linen tablecloths and china. For those in our dining room, we try to appeal to all the senses with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of soft music playing in the background. Our rotating menus include breakfast dishes that reflect our effort to present your meal with an artistic, attractive flair and include a first course of fresh fruit and homemade granola. Full breakfast is included with each night's stay.


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